A Podiatrist is able to both diagnose and treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including:
- Ingrown toenails
- Skin dysfunction
- Foot, heel and ankle pain
- Balance and gait concerns
- Strains, sprains and muscle issues
- Arthritic changes
- Foot related diabetic conditions
Your initial consultation will generally include a detailed history and examination of the area of concern. Once a diagnosis has been made, your podiatrist can provide you the best advice and treatment to address your specific complaint. This advice may include exercises you can do at home or recommend custom made inserts for your shoes which will balance your feet into the right alignment, giving you a stronger foundation to stand.
Podiatry is available as a part of most health insurance extras policies. Please check your insurance policy to find out what your inclusions are under your policy.
Medical referrals for chronic conditions
If you have a chronic condition, your GP may refer you under the Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). Firstly, you should choose your recommended Podiatrist, then visit your local GP and ask if you are entitled to receive treatment covered under Medicare. If you are currently under the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Transport Accident Commission (TAC) or Workers Compensation, as you may be eligible for full or partial funding under these programs.
With feet related concerns, it is always a good idea to remember to bring your main pair of shoes. Your Podiatrist may need to examine them to see if they are appropriate for your condition. They may then recommend either a change in shoe type, size or width, or recommend a stabilising insert.